• Performance Guest Announcement: Katie Shesko

    Katie Shesko is a multifaceted artist, renowned for her exceptional talents as a flutist and her dedication as a speedrunner. She plays captivating renditions of video game and anime music, through which she has carved a unique niche for herself in the world of entertainment. Her love for music ignited at a young age, and she soon discovered her affinity for the flute and was determined to merge her love of music with her love of video games.

    Beyond her musical prowess, Katie Shesko is also a formidable force in the world of video games. As a dedicated speedrunner, she has conquered the demanding Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 100% EX category. 

    Her first album, Flute Gaming Chronicles, is a collection of classic video game cover songs. This album was followed by Flute of the Ancients EP and Elemental Journey, an original EP. In addition, she has released over 30 singles, including hit songs from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Tears of the Kingdom.

  • Performance Guest Announcement: Video Game Symphony

    The Video Game Symphony is an exciting new orchestra that is enriching the artistic landscape of Northeastern Ohio and inspiring a new generation of musicians. This groundbreaking ensemble is one of the only professional-caliber orchestras in the world dedicated exclusively to the artform of video game music. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Video Game Symphony aspires to not only bring this underappreciated genre of music to life in the concert hall, but to reach out and connect with members of the community–hosting engaging concerts and special events, collaborating with local education programs, and drawing new audiences into the rich and expressive realm of classical music.

    This will be the first time that the Video Game Symphony performs at Colossalcon.  The group recently gave an electrifying debut performance at the Cleveland Gaming Classic in Fall 2023, and has since then scheduled performances at Fan Expo Cleveland, the Maltz Performing Arts Center, CPL PLAY, and more.  Performing smash hits like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Halo, Final Fantasy, and Skyrim in all their symphonic glory, the Video Game Symphony is an experience not to be missed!

  • Performance Guest Announcement: Lame Genie

    Lame Genie is not just your ordinary band and YouTubers; they breathe new life into classic and modern video game soundtracks, with their high production and a live show with a fun factor of 5!

    Founded in 2012, Lame Genie quickly rose to prominence with their heavy renditions of both retro and modern game soundtracks. Drawing inspiration from the classic era and modern gaming, Lame Genie breathes new life into each song, while still retaining the spirit of the original, creating a unique sonic experience that resonates with gamers and music enthusiasts alike. 

    What makes a Lame Genie concert truly special is the audience interaction. At their shows, they introduce an interactive game called “Video Game Armageddon,” where the audience becomes part of the action. With the use of their custom developed technology, fans get to choose the next song in the setlist by yelling the loudest, adding an element of unpredictability and excitement to each performance. 

    With each performance and appearance at any convention, Lame Genie will be the event that all attendees will be talking about and looking forward to for the following year.

  • Guest Announcement: Patrick Warburton

    Patrick Warburton is known to many for the role of “Puddy” in the hit NBC comedy “Seinfeld,” the laconic, enigmatic, quirky Saab salesman and Elaine’s boyfriend. Warburton starred for 7 seasons on the hit CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement” with David Spade, Oliver Hudson, and Megyn Price about two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships dealing with the complications of dating, commitment, and marriage. Patrick also played “Guy” in the international blockbuster comedy Ted and recently completed shooting the highly anticipated sequel Ted 2 where he reprises his role. Warburton starred on the ABC hit comedy “Less than Perfect,” as “Jeb Denton,” an opinionated network anchorman; and on the hit show “NewsRadio” as “Johnny Johnson” the unscrupulous business rival who takes over the station. Warburton starred in Disney’s major motion picture, live action comedy Underdog, as the archenemy “Cad,” based on the 1964 cartoon television series. He is also perhaps the busiest voiceover artist in Hollywood for his many characters including the role of the paraplegic and over-zealous cop, “Joe Swanson,” on the hit comedy “Family Guy.”

    To complement his animated films, Warburton voiced the hit cartoon series “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” and the animated feature Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey. He played the character “Rip Smashenburn” in the UPN animated series “Game Over,” the voice of “Brock Samson” in the animated adult series “The Venture Brothers,” and the voice of “Mr. Barkin” on the Disney Channel’s “Disney’s Kim Possible.” He plays the character of Ian, “the ultimate alpha-male,” in the Sony animated film Open Season opposite Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence. Playing in both regular theaters and Imax 3-D, it was a box office smash on its opening week as #1 and held top spots following its debut. Warburton’s voice can also be heard alongside that of Sarah Michelle Geller, Sigourney Weaver, George Carlin, Andy Dick, and Freddie Prinze Jr. in the animated feature film Happily N’ever After, from the producers of Shrek, where he plays the voice of “Prince Humperdink.” As the voice of the “Savior of the Universe” in Disney’s animated Saturday morning TV series “Buzz Lightyear,” Warburton’s voice graced the big screen in the Disney animated film The Emperor’s New Groove, Kronks New Groove and “The Emperor’s New School.”

  • Guest Announcement: Erika Harlacher

    Erika Harlacher (withakgames on Twitch and Youtube) is a Los Angeles based voice actress in video games, anime, and animation. She is best known for her roles as Ann Takamaki in Persona 5, Venti in Genshin Impact, Kurapika in Hunter x Hunter, Elizabeth in The Seven Deadly Sins, Kyrie in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kyoko and Kaede in the Danganronpa games, and many more.

  • Performance guest announcement: mc chris

    mc chris is most widely known for his recurring character MC P Pants on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force where he was also an animator and writer. He’s been featured in the Aqua Teen movie, the video game and most recently on a series of YouTube videos called Aqua Donk Side Pieces. He’s also starred on several Adult Swim series including The Brak Show and Sealab 2021. When he’s not voicing some of his iconic late-night characters, he’s a full-time touring rapper. He’s a pioneer of the hip hop subgenre Nerdcore and has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, Andrew WK, and Donald Glover. His fans include the likes of Gerard Way, Post Malone and T-Pain and was even sampled by Run the Jewels for the latest Aqua Teen movie Plantasm. He’s toured with Reggie and Full Effect, Ninja Sex Party, and Warped Tour, appeared on a GWAR album, performed at the gathering of the Juggalos and even had his own Honda commercial. His music has been featured on several Adult Swim Shows and commercials, Broad City and America’s Funniest Home Videos. mc chris is the widely accepted soundtrack to nerd culture. Not only does he rhyme about what nerds love most, but he was one of the first performers to encourage nerds to have pride in themselves and what they care about. He’s a full-time single father to his son, Tony, and lives in Los Angeles.

  • Performance Guest: Bit Brigade

    Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES game soundtracks as their gamer speedruns the game live on stage. 

    “When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn’t count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between “Oh! Agh!! Please don’t die!!” and “YES! He’s doing it!!” Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you’re seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock ‘n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, “Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!,” to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done – which it always is – on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s NES buzzes on, there’s no turning back.” – Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011

    www.bitbrigade.com

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  • Guest Announcement: Kazha

    Kazha is a rock band founded by a Japanese singer-songwriter Kazuha Oda (Kazha) and a guitarist Hideki Matsushige in 2009. 

    Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer who has worked in various genres of music from Classic to Heavy Metal. Her work has appeared on the iTunes Top 100 charts of numerous countries for a significant amount of time. She is an Official Ambassadors of “Music Export Memphis” and currently touring nationally, representing the Birth Place of Rock’n’Roll Memphis, Tennessee. 

    After the release of their first album in 2010, Kazha made its first U.S.A. debut performing at San Francisco’s Asian Heritage Celebration, sharing the stage with hip-hop group Far East Movement. In September 2010, the band made its first Anime Convention debut at Colorado’s Premier Anime Convention “Nan Desu Kan.” They also appeared at “Vianco Expo” and made their debut in Mexico that same year. Since then, they have been performing at numerous Anime and Comic Conventions and Festivals around the world. Kazha has shared the stage with national artists such as George Lynch, Tracii Guns, LA Guns, Y&T, Tantric, and Trapt until now. Around 2015, the band gradually started to move their base of operations to Memphis, TN. Since then, they have been featured on local broadcasts such as WREG News Channel 3, Channel 24, and WMC Action News 5. 

    Kazha represents a new future of music: a fusion of cultures and musical view points that create their sound, combining the softness of a falling feather and the heaviness of a hurricane.